Islamic Law in the News Roundup


  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated a madrasa at Ayasofya, two years after the site was converted into a mosque. For more content and context on Ayasofya’s conversion from a museum into a mosque, consult our “Recent Case Roundup: On the Turkish Decision on Hagia Sofia.”
  • Forty people were reported injured in Sweden at a far-right rally where copies of the Qur’ān were burned. Jordan‘s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the action “contradicts all religious values and principles, human rights principles and basic freedoms, and fuels feelings of hatred and violence and threatens peaceful coexistence.”
  • Indonesia’s parliament voted this week to approve legislation that expands legal definitions of sexual violence and provides measures for victim protection and recovery.”
  • Muslims in Cameroon, in observance of Ramadan, have been reciting the Qur’ān and attending “extra night prayers called ‘Daraweeh.'”
  • Marine Le Pen, a contender in France‘s upcoming presidential election, suggested that, if elected, her administration would seek to ban the hijāb, which she described in one instance as “an Islamist uniform,” from public spaces.
  • Uber [has] [faced] the threat of legal action over claims that the ride-hailing app has failed to offer Sharia-compliant pensions to its Muslim workforce, who form the majority of drivers.”
  • The Taliban recently met with a French envoy to discuss, among other subjects, the recent decree on the cultivation of poppy, which provides: “If anyone violates the decree and cultivates poppy, their crop will be destroyed and the violator will be punished based on the Sharia law.” For more content and context on the recent developments in Afghanistan, consult our Editor-in-Chief, Professor Intisar Rabb’s “Resource Roundup: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Islamic Law.


  • In light of lifting COVID-19 restrictions, Turkey recently re-opened a gallery where important religious relics are displayed, including a cloak believed to have been worn by the Prophet.


Global Calendar:

  • Conference: “Los fundamentos del poder en el islam,” Casa Arabe, April 25, 2022.
  • Position opening: Collection Assistant for Middle Eastern and Islamic Materials, UCLA Library. Deadline: April 27, 2022.
  • Call for Applications: 2022 Temple Bar Scholarship. Deadline: April 30, 2022.
  • Postdoctoral position opening: Christian-Muslim communication, University of Konstanz. Deadline: April 2022.
  • Call for Applications: The MESA Global Academy 2022-2023. Deadline: May 1, 2022.
  • Conference: Clinical Legal Education, May 9-13, 2022.
  • Webinar: AMECYS Friday Digital Author Series: Dr. Rania Kassab Sweis, Associate Professor of Anthropology, May 13, 2022.
  • Conference on Kurdish Family Law, Harnack House in Berlin, June 2-4, 2022.
  • Workshop: Formation, Establishment, and Evolution of the Mālikī Madhhab, University of Laussane, June 4, 2022.
  • Workshop: Intertextuality in Islamic and Jewish Law, June 21-23, 2022, University of Muenster.
  • Conference: The Digital Orientalist’s Virtual Conference 2022, June 25, 2022.
  • Call for Contributions: Special-Edition Journal, Pakistan, July 15, 2022.
  • Society of Legal Scholars, 113th Annual Conference, King’s College London, September 6-9, 2022.
  • Conference: Materiality, Rituals and the Senses in Shi‘i Islam, Georgia, October 19-21, 2022.
  • Conference: American Society for Legal History 2022, November 10-12, 2022.
  • Position opening: Assistant Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History, University of Tennessee, Fall 2022. Deadline: until an appointment is made.
  • Position opening: Columbia University, The Department of Art History and Archaeology Barbara Stoler Miller Assistant Professor, Indian and South Asian Art History. Deadline: until an appointment is made.
  • Call for Applications: Interdisciplinary Scholars of Places, Movement and Cultural Practices Professor, New York University Abu Dhabi. Deadline: until the position is filled.
  • Research Project: Historian/Researcher – Tudor Period/Elizabethan Era, and the Ottoman Empire during the Suleiman the Magnificent Period. Deadline: until the position is filled.
  • Call for Submissions: The UCLA School of Law’s Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law (JINEL).
  • Call for Manuscripts: Advances in the Study of Islam, Edinburgh University Press.
  • Request for Open Submissions: AALS 2023 Annual Meeting, January 4-7, 2023. Submission deadlines vary.

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